The Lute Online Resources Portal (LORP): Historical Lutes in Museums

 

HISTORICAL LUTES IN MUSEUMS: DATABASES AND CATALOGUES

Very, very few historical lutes are in playing condition; the back and neck of a very old lute might well be in stable condition but lute soundboards are thin and usually could not withstand the tension of the strings.

Most historic lutes are in museums. For many years the standard work cataloguing these was Ernst Pohlmann 'Laute Theorbe Chitarrone. Die Instrumente, ihre Musik und Literature von 1500 bis zur Gegenwart' (Bremen, 1968) copies of which can be obtained through second-hand book dealers. There is now an online database of historic lutes, the Lautenweltaddressbuch, by Klaus Martius, last updated in 2007: www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~lsa/associated/index.html#Lautenweltadressbuch

Musical Instrument Museums Online, large open database with pictures and information on instruments in museums around the world, including hundreds of lutes: www.mimo-international.com/MIMO/accueil-ermes.aspx

The International Directory of Musical Instrument Collections, CIMCIM, has a searchable database of historical instruments: www.cimcim2009.org/cimcim/ including links to many websites, plus details of CIMCIM publications and an index of construction plans available for instruments in public collections.

Lynda’s Sayce’s theorbo site has links to the websites of museums which hold extended necked lutes: www.theorbo.com/theorboinformation/theorboinformation/museums.html

INDIVIDUAL MUSEUMS HOLDING LUTE FAMILY INSTRUMENTS (alphabetical by country and then by city)

Most of these have both a website, possibly with pictures and details of historical lutes, and of course publish printed catalogues, which can be purchased online.

Austria

Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum www.khm.at/besuchen/sammlungen/sammlung-alter-musikinstrumente/

Belgium

Brussels, Muziekinstrumentenmuseum, www.mim.be/

Denmark

Copenhagen, Musikhistorisk Museum natmus.dk/en/the-danish-music-museum/

France

Paris Cite de la Musique: www.citedelamusique.fr/francais/
Online catalogue: www.citedelamusique.fr/francais/musee/visiter/catalogue.aspx
Printed Catalogue of lutes on sale at: www.citedelamusique.fr/francais/musee/publications/publications_scientifiques.aspx

Germany

Berlin, Musikinstrumenten-Museum:
www.berlin.de/en/museums/3109765-3104050-musikinstrumentenmuseum.en.html

The Fuessen Heritage Museum:
www.fuessen.de/en/romantic-soul/the-fuessen-heritage-museum.html

Leipzig, Musikinstrumenten Museum der Universität Leipzig.
mfm.uni-leipzig.de/dt/index.php

Munich, Deutsches Museum www.deutsches-museum.de/

Nuremberg, Germanisches National Museum.
www.gnm.de/sammlungen/sammlungen-a-z/musikinstrumente/

Italy

Milan, Castello Sforzesco: www.comune.milano.it/dseserver/webcity/documenti.nsf/webal/5A4CA30F4FDC7CA8C125726C005484BE

Rome, Museo degli Strumenti Musicali, www.museostrumentimusicali.it/

Spain

Barcelona, Museu de la Música w110.bcn.cat/portal/site/MuseuDeLaMusica

Siguenza, Centro de la Vihuela de Mano y la Guitarra Española “José Luis Romanillos”: romanillos.org/

Sweden

Stockholm, Musikmuseet, musikverket.se/scenkonstmuseet/

Stockholm, Nydahl collection, www.nydahlcoll.se/

United Kingdom

Edinburgh University Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.
www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/information-services/services/library-museum-gallery/museums-and-galleries/musical-instrument-museums

London, Fenton House, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/fenton-house/

London, Horniman Museum, www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/displays/music-gallery#image-3
The Horniman Museum is also the postal address for the Musical Instruments Resource Network, offering guidance and support for those maintaining historical music collections, www.mirn/org.uk

London, Royal College of Music, www.rcm.ac.uk/events/museum/

London, Victoria and Albert Museum (instruments currently in store) www.vam.ac.uk/contentapi/search/?q=musical%20instrument#?q=musical%20instrument

Oxford, Ashmolean Museum: www.ashmoleaninstruments.com/gallery.php

National Trust Collections (numerous locations) www.nationaltrustcollections.org.uk/results?SearchTerms=Lute

United States of America

Historical Lutes in North American museums are catalogued on the links pages of the Lute Society of America website: www.cs.dartmouth.edu/~lsa/links/index.html

Boston, Museum of Fine Arts www.mfa.org/collections/musical-instruments

New Haven, Connecticut, Yale University Collection of Musical Instruments www.yale.edu/musicalinstruments/

New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, www.metmuseum.org/

Vermillion, SD, National Music Museum, orgs.usd.edu/nmm/Pluckedstrings.html

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